I have had several requests to repost the Fabric Flower tutorial here to make it easier for you to find, so here it is!
(Also find it HERE on Project Run and Play)
A few months ago, I made a dress for the sew-along portion of Project Run and Play and I also created a fabric headband to match. People seemed to like the dress, but more people were interested in how I made the headband!
I realized that my guest post here is the perfect opportunity to finally create the tutorial, so I hope you enjoy!
I am always looking for ways to use up the baskets and baskets (and baskets!) of scrap fabrics I have and this headband is a perfect way to destash.
Go ahead print out the pattern found HERE
Cut out the fabric and the felt circle.
Grab your trusty glue gun and your sewing machine
You are going to use your sewing machine to gather each strip of fabric on the straight side.
Here is a tip on how to easily gather fabric:
Set your machine to a "basting stitch" or a long stitch
Then, crank up the tension, as high as it will go
Then run a straight stitch down the side of the fabric
(don't back stitch or lock stitch at all)
That simple technique automatically gathers your fabric!
To adjust the gathers, simply pull the bobbin threads until you have the desired amount of gathering
Do that to all four strips of fabric.
You now have 4 fabric "flowers".
Cut the long threads off.
Stack your four fabric flowers
Stitch the four layers together using a basic straight stitch
At this point, you can add a button or a fabric rosette to the middle using your hot glue gun or sewing machine
Time to assemble!
Don't forget to buy some elastic headbands from the store
Once you get the hang of it, you can probably whip out 100 of these babies in under an hour. That might be a tad ridiculous to do, but it is possible.
I actually have another style of flower headband that I make and there will be ANOTHER tutorial on my blog next week, so be sure to check it out!
Now, please scroll down to see some photos of my adorable child.
I have no shame.
I am okay with that.
Just please agree with me that her cheeks are amazing.